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Ex-fighter pilot launches bid to replace Arizona Sen. Flake

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U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., waves from a T-6 World War II airplane Friday as she leaves for Phoenix in Tucson, Ariz. McSally announced Friday that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jeff Flake.
AP photo U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., waves from a T-6 World War II airplane Friday as she leaves for Phoenix in Tucson, Ariz. McSally announced Friday that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jeff Flake.

TUCSON, Ariz. – Republican congresswoman Martha McSally embraced President Donald Trump and his hardline immigration rhetoric as she launched her Senate bid Friday, lashing out at the same establishment leaders who support her campaign to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake.

The 51-year-old retired Air Force combat pilot attacked Sharia law and sanctuary cities while vowing to support Trump’s push to build a massive border wall. Her comments came amid a series of public appearances and social media posts as she trekked across the state flying a World War II-era fighter plane.

“I’m a fighter pilot and I talk like one,” she said in an announcement video, a fiery beginning to one of the nation’s premier Senate contests. “That’s why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done.”

Later, she refused to condemn Trump’s closed-door description of African countries as “s---holes.”

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